Senior Major Gift Officer

January 2021 | New England, USA
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Woodwell Climate Research Center seeks a Senior Major Gift Officer to raise funds in the fight against climate change.


About Woodwell Climate Research Center

Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell Climate) is a top ranked independent climate research institute whose mission is to advance science-based climate policies through scientific research and outreach. The keys to Woodwell Climate’s success are the quality of their science and the ability to connect science to opportunities to influence policies and decisions.

Woodwell Climate was originally founded as Woods Hole Research Center by the renowned ecologist Dr. George Woodwell in 1985. The organization was established to put the insights of climate science into the hands of global decision makers. Since then, Woodwell Climate researchers and dedicated staff have worked to advance understanding and urge meaningful action at the local, national, and international levels.

Woodwell Climate works around the globe, conducting world-class research to understand how changing conditions, land use, and other forms of disruption affect local ecosystems and the larger world. Woodwell Climate’s work is focused on five research areas: Arctic, Tropics, Water, Carbon, and Risk.

With a decades-long legacy of leadership in climate science, policy, and education, Woodwell Climate scientists helped to launch the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992 and have contributed to every annual assessment report that has followed. In 2007, Woodwell scientists shared the Nobel Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, while two Woodwell Climate Research Center presidents served in White House science advisory positions.      

Woodwell Climate is located on a 10-acre campus near the village of Woods Hole, MA. The campus is located on the traditional and sacred land of the Wampanoag people who still occupy this land, and whose history, language, traditional ways of life, and culture continue to influence their vibrant community.

About Philanthropy at Woodwell Climate Research Center

Philanthropy at Woodwell Climate is an organizational strategic priority. With a new Chief Development Officer, as well as a new Director of Annual  Giving & Donor Engagement, the organization is investing in its fundraising infrastructure and continues  to do so with the newly created role of Senior Major Gift Officer. The organization has also embarked on a multi-year campaign—the Fund for Climate Solutions—where they have begun to secure a number of large gifts. Woodwell Climate’s Board is extremely vested in the growth of the fundraising program; they are committed to assisting with growing the pipeline and broadening their network across the country and the world to take the program to a new level. The opportunity to engage prospects in climate science and invest in creating a healthier planet is ripe.

About the Position

The Senior Major Gift Officer (SMGO) reports to the Chief Development Officer (CDO) and collaborates with members of Woodwell Climate’s leadership, principal investigators, staff, Board members, affinity group members, major gift donors and prospects, friends and volunteers, with the primary focus of major donor engagement and solicitation.

The SMGO drives strategy, research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for a portfolio of approximately 125 donors, focused on gifts of $10,000 or more, with a goal of expanding the pool of donors and increasing their giving to $25,000 or more. This role maximizes donor discovery donor research, direct donor engagement, and stewardship strategies to develop and grow their major gifts portfolio, taking advantage of untapped potential. The SMGO develops tailored and targeted cases for the organization’s vital climate science research programs, and effectively utilizes moves management systems to advance direct solicitations for major gifts in support of the Woodwell Climate strategic priorities.

The SMGO works with the CDO to grow the President’s Council, which is an engine for cultivating, engaging and stewarding major and principal gift donors.

The SMGO is expected to be on the Woodwell Climate campus in Falmouth, MA a minimum of two days per week when not travelling on behalf of Woodwell Climate and at all on-campus development events.

Key Responsibilities


Development and Growth of the President’s Council

Key Qualifications

Woodwell Climate Research Center is committed to a firm policy in favor of equal employment opportunity and will abide by all applicable state and federal regulations by not discriminating against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability or veteran status. Our commitment to equal employment opportunities shall include employment, upgrading, promotion, demotion, transfer, leaves or other absences from work, layoff, compensation and benefits, selection for training or other education, professional opportunities and conflict resolution.

It is also the policy of Woodwell Climate to take affirmative action to employ and to advance in employment, all persons regardless of their status as woman, minority or individuals with disabilities or protected veterans, and to base all employment decisions only on valid job requirements.

Please inform us of any necessary accommodations required during the application process and/or at any time during employment.

If you are interested in being considered for this upcoming search, please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to:

Suzanne Battit

Senior Vice President, Principal

Development Guild DDI